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I walked around Cabelas today and bought a Bushmaster M4A3. It's all stock no attachments bought yet and I am excited shooting it this weekend or probably friday night. I also have 300 rounds for this rifle and will stock another 300 for the next range day.

Pictures will come maybe tomorrow night after scrutinizing it. Thoughts and comments about this Rifle is highly appreciated.

I also got a membership card/Credit card with Cabelas so I think I will be into this sport for a while.
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Bushmaster makes good stuff. The guys that bash them are the ones that either never owned one or only buy the most expensive brands. It is a good start, really think about what you want it to do after you shoot it alot and choose your upgrades wisely, there is alot of options out there and some of it is junk. Welcome to the AR world, now pray that BRD doesn't hit you hard...... You'll be broke in no time.

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Buy ammo in bulk, and save your brass.

I don't know much about that particular rifle, but I'm sure it will do you fine to learn on.
I thought 300 rounds are already bulk. I thought I already saved some lol. I gotta look for a bulk sale.







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Thanks. I felt more confident about my purchase.

What is BRD?

I shoot for qualifications free every 6 months in Ft. Mccoy. I just wanna have something to shoot with and my very own AR15. Also good to bring wife in the range and it is a good feeling to teach her how to shoot rifles.
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I thought 300 rounds are already bulk. I thought I already saved some lol. I gotta look for a bulk sale.









Thanks. I felt more confident about my purchase.

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I shoot for qualifications free every 6 months in Ft. Mccoy. I just wanna have something to shoot with and my very own AR15. Also good to bring wife in the range and it is a good feeling to teach her how to shoot rifles.
You'll be fine with the Bushmaster. Have some good memories from Ft. McCoy. Now you need to find a good range where you can put that rifle to use.
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You'll be fine with the Bushmaster. Have some good memories from Ft. McCoy. Now you need to find a good range where you can put that rifle to use.
I'm thinking either GAT guns or in Lombard Article 2- Gunworld or something. Any good?
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I'm thinking either GAT guns or in Lombard Article 2- Gunworld or something. Any good?
I've only shot at GAT. Not a fan of shooting a rifle indoors.
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Agreed. You're not really stretching your skills shooting indoors, plus you can only shoot in one position.

Hit me up when things get warmer and I'll take you out to Aurora Sportsmans club. It's only $10 per day, and has everything from 25' range to 600 yards.

As for buying bulk...typically bulk starts at 1000 rounds. If you can get quality ammo for about $300 per 1000, then you're getting decent pricing.

Those 300 rounds probably won't last you long!

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That's true. Maybe I will just bring the rifle to zero the iron sight indoor.
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That's true. Maybe I will just bring the rifle to zero the iron sight indoor.
Not going to be able to get a good zero at an indoor range. I run a 35y zero on my ARs and that's REAL close but still not attainable at any indoor I know of.

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Not going to be able to get a good zero at an indoor range. I run a 35y zero on my ARs and that's REAL close but still not attainable at any indoor I know of.
I was going to say, don't they recommend a 50y zero on ARs due to the ballistics on the .223?

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I was going to say, don't they recommend a 50y zero on ARs due to the ballistics on the .223?
Depends entirely on where you're planning on doing most of your shooting. I prefer 35y due to the trajectory at close in and out to roughly 300y - it works for me, YMMV.


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I'm gonna steal that chart for future referrence, If you may. I was thinking that some range has 50y. Is there any 50y indoor range around the area?

I got the rifle and I can't wait to shoot it. Everything is intact and needs to break in. The dust cover is hard to close in. I have to jamm on it. almost everything is so hard brand freaking new and I hate it for now but loving it at the same time my very own AR-that's priceless. I got the one with the handle and I wish I should have got the one without since I am planning to have a Trijicon ACOG 4x32. I will get it online for 1149 no tax in AAFES store.

The rifle goes with a case, one 30 mag, a strap and user manual. A little disapointment but I am expecting that before I pay for it. I will look for additional 20 or 30 mag. If there is someone selling on here just let me know.
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I'm gonna steal that chart for future referrence, If you may. I was thinking that some range has 50y. Is there any 50y indoor range around the area?

I got the rifle and I can't wait to shoot it. Everything is intact and needs to break in. The dust cover is hard to close in. I have to jamm on it. almost everything is so hard brand freaking new and I hate it for now but loving it at the same time my very own AR-that's priceless. I got the one with the handle and I wish I should have got the one without since I am planning to have a Trijicon ACOG 4x32. I will get it online for 1149 no tax in AAFES store.

The rifle goes with a case, one 30 mag, a strap and user manual. A little disapointment but I am expecting that before I pay for it. I will look for additional 20 or 30 mag. If there is someone selling on here just let me know.

Wait, did you get the A2 or the A3?

The dust cover shouldn't be that hard to close- if the detent has sand or some other shit in there, it will make it more difficult but it shouldn't be that difficult. Does it open when the bolt is dropped? There is definitely break-in time on a firearm, but I've never heard of a dust cover being that difficult unless it's well out of spec.

USGI mags shouldn't run more than $8-10/ea. and PMAGs are a little more expensive but not much, don't let the 1 mag bother you. What should bother you is dropping $1k+ on a fixed power optic. ACOGs are nice but there is better gear out there for the money IMO.

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I have the A3

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The dust cover shouldn't be that hard to close- if the detent has sand or some other shit in there, it will make it more difficult but it shouldn't be that difficult. Does it open when the bolt is dropped? There is definitely break-in time on a firearm, but I've never heard of a dust cover being that difficult unless it's well out of spec.
I believe they inspected this before they hand this over to me. It opens when I pull the charging handle easily but I have to tap it down to be able to close that cover. Should I wait to break in or notify the dealer?

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I bought 3 mags for 12.99 ea at GAT guns last night. I should have kept the 7 mags from my previous unit.

I used ACOG from my last deployment. I liked it but If yeah If I can find something else that has a good comparison to that I might be open to that. I searched for Leupold -kinda neat- Now I have to do my homework.
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The carry handle is removable on the A3, just run your optic off the rail. Someone will buy the handle for $40 and you're square. It's nice to have it as a back up too

You should be able to close the cover W/ one finger and about 10lbs of force, if it's much more than that, it is probably well out of spec.

Trijicons are nice but look into non-mag reddots for 100y and in or 1-4x+ scopes for distance, you'll be surprised how much faster you are with a non-fixed power optic.

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The carry handle is removable on the A3, just run your optic off the rail. Someone will buy the handle for $40 and you're square. It's nice to have it as a back up too

You should be able to close the cover W/ one finger and about 10lbs of force, if it's much more than that, it is probably well out of spec.

Trijicons are nice but look into non-mag reddots for 100y and in or 1-4x+ scopes for distance, you'll be surprised how much faster you are with a non-fixed power optic.
I also used aimpoint CCOs before of course mounted on the handle. If that's what red dots you are referring to. I liked it. Maybe I'll take the handle off then get the CCO and add the magnifier behind it right? not a bad idea..

I broke in the dust cover.. haha. It works fine now.
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Great. I like the site. Thanks.

The Glock 19 mags on this site are 20 ea. cheaper than the other sites.

I just have ordered KCI made brand mags for Glock specs, 3 for $40.47 here

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